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Developing Effective Research Questions

Developing Effective Research Questions Online

Research in evidence-based medicine begins with a well-constructed, searchable question. When searching, the way you describe your information need will impact the relevancy of the information you find. In this session, we will explore the process of breaking down complex research questions into key concepts using established tools (e.g. PICO, search grid). We will also explore using a formulated research question to effectively achieve your information needs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Use the PICO framework to formulate a clinical question
  • Understand the difference between background and foreground questions
  • Break down your clinical question into key search concepts
  • Organize search concepts using a search grid
  • Use your research question to obtain evidence-based literature through a literature search request

Recommended for: Physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, administrative staff.

Related LibGuide: Searching by Laura Mounce

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Show more dates
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Time Zone:
Atlantic Time (change)
All Zones
  30 Minutes or Less     Library Services  
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
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This session will use Microsoft Teams. You can join the meeting on your computer or mobile app using the URL you will receive in the Confirmation and Reminder emails. 

You can join a Teams meeting whether or not you have a Teams account. If you don't have an account, follow these steps to join as a 'Guest': 

  • Paste the Teams meeting link into a Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome browser address bar
  • On the web page that opens, select Continue on this browser
  • Enter your name and choose your audio/video settings
  • Click Join now

For more information on joining as a 'Guest', please go to: Joining a Teams Meeting without a Teams account*. 

For further information on joining a Teams Meeting, please check out: https://intra.nshealth.ca/UCS/BPS/SitePages/Teams.aspx*. The video, Join a Teams Meeting, found on this page provides useful information if you have not used Microsoft Teams before.

To participate in an online session, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must have an audio output device connected (headphones or speakers) to be able to hear the instructor
  • If you do not have an audio input device (webcam or microphone), you may type in the chat window
  • Experience using chat
  • Experience copying/pasting text and URLs

If you do not meet the above requirements, please consider requesting a one-on-one consult.

*Internal link, you must be on the Nova Scotia Health network and use Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge to access

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